Saturday, 28 January 2017

N Seoul Tower and Locks of Love

Namsan Seoul Tower (남산서울타워) - "Love is in the Air".. Mt. Namsan is a symbolic mountain located at the center of Seoul. Although not as high as the other surrounding mountains, Mt. Namsan is a popular resting site. Rising up from its summit is the famous N Seoul Tower – an iconic landmark of South Korea, where you can see the whole city of Seoul and where you can lock your love.

This place is best for couples. From Namdemeun, we walked for just 10 minutes going there. Since we wanted to have a quick travel, we have decided to ride a cable car. It costs 8,000 won each person for a roundtrip ticket. Didn't know that it would be worse for me as I forgot that I have fear of heights. But the man beside me was enjoying the ride. :)

The wind was stronger above, I think it was twice the cold. So freezing to death!
When you reach N Seoul Tower, you can see the locks of love all over the place. Another thing that makes the area special is the romantic feel to it. It feels like love is in the air for everyone who is around here. Oh well, N Seoul Tower is indeed a popular place for couples and they locked their loved through padlocks.

Since it was Sunday, N Seoul Tower had a program for Ancient Warriors fight. We enjoyed watching and taking photos.

I also saw some snow flakes.

No matter how much locks save true love, N Seoul Tower’s Locks of Love will likely remain a memorable event for many couples - just like us. 

Friday, 27 January 2017

Namdaemun Market (남대문시장) and the famous Hotteok

Namdaemun Market is the largest traditional market in Korea with shops selling various goods. All products are being sold at affordable prices and the stores in this area also function as wholesale markets. It is the Divisoria version in Korea. 

After visiting Gyongbokgung Palace, we headed straight to Namdaemun by a subway train Line 1. You can also find different Korean delicacies here and good money changer. Oppa suggested this place for a good price in changing money from USD to KRW.

Since we took a heavy meal breakfast in the hotel, we just decided to eat snack instead of lunch. Oppa suggested to try the famous "hotteok" (
호떡 in korean ). It is made from wheat flour, water, milk, sugar, and yeast. The filled dough is then placed on a greased griddle, and pressed flat into a large circle with a special tool with a stainless steel circle and wooden handle as it cooks. Hotteok is usually eaten during the winter season.

I did not know that it is very popular during winter season. People used to fall in line if they want to buy hotteok. There are 2 famous hotteok stores located in Namdaemun, we spotted the first one in Gate 2 and I found the other store when I was walking alone few days passed. They sell 2 kinds of hotteok: Yachae-hotteok야채호떡 (filled with japchae and vegetables) and the other one is the Kkul-hotteok 호떡 (filled with honey,brown sugar,cinnamon and sesame seeds). Each one costs only 1,000 won. Imagine the very long line of people who waited and wanted to eat this food during winter season.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Holiday Inn Express Euljiro Seoul

Since I am working in the Hotel's Corporate Office, I have an advantage to book and stay using my Employee Rate to hotels (under IHG) around the world. I booked a room at the Holiday Inn Express Euljiro for my entire stay in South Korea. I chose it among the other hotels we have in Seoul as it is more accessible to many attractions, it is also just behind the subway station and it offers free breakfast. We are so grateful to experience my employee room benefit.

We usually woke up a bit early than usual to have our daily breakfast as the hotel's breakfast offers at 6:30 to 9:00 in the morning. The hotel staff are very polite and accommodating. They clean rooms everyday even if you don't put your "please clean our room' signage on our door. Each room has a safety box, fridge and coffee maker and others. 

Address: Holiday Inn Express Seoul Euljiro 

Euljiro 3-ga
61 Supyo-ro, Jung-gu,
Seoul 0000
Korea, Republic of

Gyeongbokgung Palace (경복궁) Seoul, South Korea

We decided to visit the Gyeongbokgung Palace (경복궁) on my first day in Seoul. Oppa is my personal tour guide, photographer, Korean mentor, my ultimate critic and boyfriend.. (my all in one). It was Sunday so we already expecting that there will be alot of people there. Since its winter, I have prepared all my winter wear but I swear, those were not enough to take the freezing weather.

From our hotel, we rode a subway train to go there. Since I am with him, I have no worries where to go and where to ride. I let him guide me all the way which is a bit disadvantage when I am alone. I will tell you why next. 

How to go there:

Address: 161, Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 종로구 사직로 161 (세종로)

- From Euljiro 3-ga, we walked a bit to Line 3 subway train going to Gyeongbokgung directly. 

Gyeongbokgung (Hangul: 경복궁) also known as Gyeongbokgung Palace, was the main royal palace of the Joseon dynasty. Built in 1395, it is located in northern Seoul, South Korea. The largest of the Five Grand Palaces built by the Joseon dynasty, Gyeongbokgung served as the home of Kings of the Joseon dynasty, the Kings' households, as well as the government of Joseon.

Gwanghwamun (The Main and South Gate)

We have also watched the parade of the Palace guards. And I tell you now, most of them are handsome. Oppa got jealous a bit but he found me funny. He also insisted me to have a photo with one of the guards. I picked the most handsome one. hahaha! 

Heungnyemun (The Second Inner Gate)

We did not go inside the palace as we were running out of time. But will definitely come back next time. We just enjoyed taking photos around the palace and Oppa gave me a bit history about it. He is really a Certified Tour Guide.